We traveled with InStyle Style Director Melissa Rubini to London and Milan—and now, onwards to Paris! Fashion Week in the City of Light is halfway over, and so far, we’ve been given a front-row pass to this year’s most anticipated shows, thanks to Melissa’s discerning eye. She has documented all the sights (including, of course, one of the most historical landmarks ever, the Eiffel Tower), her favorite spring/summer 2014 looks and more. Click through to be whisked away to Paris with Melissa’s latest photo diary. Missed the other cities? Re-live London Fashion Week (parts one and two) and Milan Fashion Week.
The Rick Owens spring/summer 2014 show at Paris Fashion Week rocked headlines when a crew of step dancers performed a routine in lieu of the usual run-of-the-mill catwalk. The designer reportedly flew in real dancers (read: real women) from American college campuses to the City of Light to showcase his new collection, which not only blurred the lines between fashion and performance art, but also candidly confronted the issues of (the lack of) diversity and glorified “model” sizes in the industry. What do you think of Owens’ show—is it a step (pun intended) in the right direction? And, is it enough of a catalyst for change? Weigh in below. Click to watch a snippet of the performance.
You’ll always be true to your blues, but it may be time to spice things up! Recently, denim designers have translated acclaimed runway prints onto our beloved denim bottoms: We spotted Valentino’s delft porcelain pattern and Milly’s holographic hue on jeans, and we have sourced these pairs and more to help you find the perfectly patterned fit. Click to shop denim inspired by praised Fall 2013 ready-to-wear runways looks, including Givenchy’s paisley, Alberta Ferretti’s plaid, Kenzo’s croc, L’Wren Scott’s embroidery, and more.
We’re in the homestretch of fashion month, with yesterday as the last day of Milan Fashion Week. But before we dive into the Paris spring/summer 2014 shows, let’s take a breather to appreciate our favorite moments and looks from Italy’s fashion capital. At Gucci, Frida Giannini demonstrated the art of “meshing” glamor and athleticism in one gown (and yes, mesh was one of the fabrics). Karl Lagerfeld didn’t stop short of spectacular at Fendi, combining a genius medley of sheer fabric, shine and sheared fur in one look. And to really drive home the theme of “light,” light radiated through cascading waterfall that served as the backdrop. Another favorite moment? For Moschino‘s 30-year anniversary show, iconic models, like Pat Cleveland, Jodie Kidd, Alek Wek and more, strutted down in vintage Moschino. InStyle Market Director Wendy Wallace called it, “A really fun flashback,” especially with singer Gloria Gaynor performing “I Am What I Am.” Click to see the 5 looks that topped InStyle Fashion Director Cindy Weber Cleary’s “Look of the Day” list.
Milan Fashion Week is under way with some big designer powerhouses in the spring/summer 2014 lineup. Luckily for us, we have a spot at the forefront, with InStyle Style Director Melissa Rubini as our fashion correspondent. Rubini has logged all the major moments abroad, including one of Milan’s historic landmarks (just right around the corner of her hotel), the Gucci runway show and more. Click through to see snapshots of her week in Italy’s fashion capital. Don’t forget her to check out her London Fashion Week photo diaries, both part I and part II.
London Fashion Week wrapped up earlier this week, and in the second installment of her London Fashion Week photo diary, InStyle Style Director Melissa Rubini snapped the rose-petal flurried finale at Burberry, her favorite spring/summer 2014 looks from Antonio Berardi and more. Click through to cross the pond and experience London Fashion Week for yourself. Missed out on her first LFW photo diary? See her capture everything, from her royally delicious breakfast to pretty prints at Mary Katrantzou.
On the style spectrum from comfort to pain, runway heels typically fall into the latter category, with teetering sky-high stilettos and chunky platforms at neck-breaking heights. Throw convoluted straps and impractical designs into the mix, and you have a shoe that’s better served as eye candy in a glass case than its intended purpose on the cement. But for spring/summer 2014, New York Fashion Week designers erred on the side of ease, giving feet a break from exaggerated arches. Designer Peter Som splashed his spring 2014 wave-inspired print on Christian Louboutin oxfords. Flora Gill and Alexa Adams (of Ohne Titel) stayed true to their feminine-sporty aesthetic and sent out variations of sheer-paneled slingbacks with metallic straps. Marc Jacobs paired Teva-like sandals with elaborate Victorian gowns, and Tanya Taylor styled day-time frocks with pointy-toe flats in stripes, florals and more. Click the photo to see 32 flats that work with just about anything, and are also fashionably functional.
Nostalgia for the ’90s isn’t going anywhere! At New York Fashion Week, it was clear designers had the pre-millennial period on their minds, picking up specific characteristics, like mules and overalls, that once defined the decade. But don’t think they were straight-up copying and pasting ’90s trends into their spring/summer 2014 collection—they gave their own 21st-century spin. Marcus Wainwright and David Neville (of Rag & Bone) remade classic dungarees into clean, minimalist overalls, and Donna Karan (of DKNY) embroidered patches onto cool hip-hugging denims, pairing them with double toppers. The models at Victoria Beckham trotted down the runway in clunky mules, which were made modern when styled with sleek, super-sporty styles. And in a logomania frenzy, Alexander Wang playfully splashed his namesake brand across tops, skirts and dresses with leather cut-outs. Yes, fashion is cyclical, but the latest takes on ’90s trends make them seem brand new all over again.
Plus, check out all the moments “Seen and Heard” at New York Fashion Week: